Quick Pickled Baby Beets with Stems

June 28, 2015

We’ve had plentiful rain and moderate summer temps the last few weeks and the garden grows by the minute.  Sweet snap peas are bountiful, greens overflow my crisper and the tomato plants are 3 feet tall.  The winding row of mixed color beets are beginning to crowd one another as I never have the heart to thin them. Read more ›

Black Walnut Nocino, Two Ways

June 13, 2015

For many years I’ve watched with envy while several of my favorite food bloggers in France, Italy and California harvest green walnuts in June to make classic Nocino (Italian) or Liqueur de Noix (French).  The liqueur is like bittersweet walnut extract.  Poured over ice it makes a lovely aperitif, and it’s also yummy served over ice cream. Read more ›

Chive Blossom Vinegar Recipe

June 5, 2015

While cruising through Instagram the other day I came across a number of photos of beautiful chive blossoms and several posts about chive blossom vinegar.  Doh!  I totally forgot to make my chive blossom vinegar!  And my garden chives are covered in blossoms. The time is now. Read more ›

Pineapple Shrub and a Daiquiri Cocktail

May 25, 2015

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a class at GYST in Minneapolis.  GYST is a fermentation bar specializing in, you guessed it, all things fermented, like wine, beer, cider, cheese, chocolate, pickles, kraut, charcuterie, kombucha – you get the idea.  My class was on making Shrubs. Read more ›

Making Blue Cheese at Home

May 17, 2015

Let’s talk blue cheese. Blue cheese is one of those preserved foods that even home preservers are hesitant to try making themselves. The main ingredients are deceptively basic – milk, culture, rennet. Then comes the penicillin mold. Eeeeewwww! Read more ›

Dandelion Wine

April 30, 2015

Spring is finally upon us! And the dandelions are on the move, taking over lawns, one sunny flower at a time. My partner Christopher fondly remembers his family’s tradition of making Dandelion Wine, so last year we convinced (bribed) our neighborhood kids to pick as many of the bright yellow flowers as they could find. Read more ›

Spicy Asparagus Carrot Refrigerator Pickles

April 14, 2015

It’s spring in Minnesota!  And it’s a whole two weeks early.  Unlike the east coast, who will probably be two weeks late this year, Minnesota is enjoying an unseasonably warm and lovely spring.  Pale green leaves are peeking out of bare branches, Read more ›

Hickory Smoked Black Cured Ham

April 6, 2015

Spring is finally here! In my house, that means digging to the bottom of the freezer for a big pork leg or shoulder to cure up a smoked ham. Ham pairs beautifully with spring vegetables like asparagus, artichokes and peas. Read more ›

Fruit Kombucha

March 28, 2015

I’ve been brewing kombucha for a few years now and have my system down pat. I make two gallons at a time in sun tea jars with taps at the bottom. The thick and healthy mother (scobys) in each jar churn out a gallon of kombucha in one to two weeks. Read more ›

Green tea and cane syrup kombucha

My Kombucha

March 21, 2015

A few years ago I started making my own kombucha.  Kombucha is very trendy right now, selling for several bucks a bottle at the store, but it’s a very old concoction. Dating back at least B.C., originating somewhere in northern China,(1) many claim kombucha has all sorts of health benefits.   Read more ›

Mexican pickled red onions

Red Onions en Escabeche

March 14, 2015

I like to serve homemade preserved goods with a meal, but this late in winter, my pickle supply is running rather low.  Last week we had a few friends over for a decidedly non-winter meal.  Read more ›

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